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Ceh the key for slick Slovenia

Published: Wednesday 2 April 2003, 22.15CET
Slovenia 4-1 Cyprus Nastja Ceh was the star of the show as the home side eased to victory.

Match statistics

SloveniaCyprus

Goals scored4
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Wednesday 2 April 2003, 22.15CET

Ceh the key for slick Slovenia

Slovenia 4-1 Cyprus Nastja Ceh was the star of the show as the home side eased to victory.

A dazzling performance by Nastja Ceh helped Slovenia climb into second spot in UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 1 with an impressive 4-1 home win against Cyprus in the Central stadium.

Siljak double
Two goals from Ermin Šiljak as well as strikes from Zlatko Zahovic and the outstanding Ceh were more than enough to defeat a disappointing Cyprus side - and put Slovenia in the driving seat for a place in the play-offs.

Furious start
The match was off to a fast and furious start as Slovenia made the most of their stranglehold on possession as early as the five-minute mark when Zahovic took a short corner to Ceh, who curled a ball through for the on-rushing Siljak. He steered a tremendous header beyond the reach of goalkeeper Nikos Panayiotou to the delight of the local crowd.

Konstantinou leveller
Free-flowing Slovenia were quickly pegged back, however, when a fast counter-attack orchestrated by Rainer Raufmann ended up at the feet of Michalis Konstantinou, who restored parity from close range. Frantic football continued and four minutes later the hosts regained their lead when Siljak took advantage of the wet pitch and slid in to get a touch on Ceh’s curling cross and make it 2-1.

Cool Ceh
Ceh was a joy to watch throughout, constantly distributing useful passes for his team-mates as well as winning the penalty from which Zahovic made it 3-1 when he was pushed from behind inside the Cyprus box. To complete an impressive first-half performance, Ceh was on target two minutes before the interval when he threw himself at an incisive pass from Amir Karic, producing a bullet header which flew past Panayiotou.

Lacklustre second half
With the points all but secure, Slovenia were content to nudge the ball around and retain possession during a lacklustre second half. Cyprus simply lacked the tools required to unlock the Slovenian rearguard, whose only error when Konstantinou pounced was soon forgotten in light of the forwards' brilliance.

'Great start'
France's 2-1 win against Israel means Slovenia are still trailing the competition's holders by nine points, but goalscorer Šiljak was pleased with his team-mates' performance. He said: "We made a great start and scored early. Thankfully our defensive mistakes didn't prove to be costly."

Last updated: 03/04/03 1.01CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Cyprus

Cyprus

1
SimeunovičMarko Simeunovič (GK)
1
PanagiotouNicos Panagiotou (C)
2
F. CipotFabijan Cipot
2
KonnafisPetros Konnafis
Substitution46
3
KaričAmir Karič
4
DaskalakisDemetris Daskalakis
4
VugdalicMuamer Vugdalic
6
SpyrouPanagiotis Spyrou
Substitution75
5
BulajičSpasoje Bulajič
7
TheodotouGeorgois Theodotou
7
ŠukaloGoran Šukalo
8
TomićVladan Tomić
8
ČehNastja Čeh
Goal43
Substitution90
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas
9
ŠiljakErmin Šiljak
Goal4
Goal14
Substitution90+1
10
KaiafasKostas Kaiafas
10
ZahovičZlatko Zahovič
Goal38
11
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Goal10
11
PavlinMiran Pavlin (C)
Yellow Card59
15
OkkaridesStelios Okkarides
14
KorenRobert Koren
Substitution85
18
RauffmannRainer Rauffmann
Substitution63

Substitutes

12
DabanovičMladen Dabanovič (GK)
12
MorfisMichalis Morfis (GK)
6
RudonjaMladen Rudonja
Substitution85
3
IoakimAkis Ioakim
Substitution46
Yellow Card61
16
ŽlogarAnton Žlogar
Substitution90
5
ConstantiGiorgos Constanti
Substitution75
17
RakovičErmin Rakovič
Substitution90+1
16
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
Substitution63
13
ŠnoflMatej Šnofl
13
MichailChrysostomos Michail
15
FilekovičSuad Filekovič
14
YiasemakisYiasoumi Yiasemakis
18
KmetecMarko Kmetec
17
EngomitisPanayiotis Engomitis

Coach

Bojan Prašnikar (SVN) Momcilo Vukotic (CYP)

Referee

Paulo Manuel Gomes Costa (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Antonio Manuel Perdigao Da Silva (POR)

Fourth official

Carlos Xistra (POR)

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